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Physicians’ Groups Urge to Halt Natural Gas Fracking Programs

Two physicians’ organizations have issued a 145-page document calling for an immediate halt on initiatives involving hydraulically fracked natural gas within the Northwest.

“Fracked Gas: A Menace to Healthy Communities” identifies six critical tasks, including a proposed $2 billion plant on the Port of Kalama to transform natural gas into methanol for export to Asia.

Hydraulic fracturing is a way for plucking oil or gas from rock by injecting a high-stress mixture of water, sand or gravel, and chemical substances.

Physicians for Social Responsibility in Washington published their report Wednesday. The story comes as the Port of Vancouver weighs adopting a policy obstructing the port from continuing new bulk crude oil or coal terminals.

Environmentalists advocating steps to fight climate change have recommended the port to expand that draft policy to embody natural gas.  A business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, has cautioned in opposition to adopting policies that would have “unintended penalties.”

The report opposes any expansion of services to move, store, process, or export fracked fuel in the Northwest.

Dr. Patricia Kullberg, who invested 20 years of her career as medical director of the Multnomah County Well being Department in Oregon, is one among the report’s nine authors. Another writer, Theodora Tsongas, is an environmental well-being scientist who has witnessed at Port of Vancouver commissioners’ conferences about possible adverse results of fossil fuel amenities.

Ove a call briefing, Kullberg said about two-thirds of the natural gas coming into Oregon is fracked and has been combined with originally drilled natural gas.

“The gas trade would like very a lot to turn the Pacific Northwest right into a center for processing, refining, liquefying and exporting natural gas,” Kullberg mentioned.

Kullberg said the six tasks are offered to be built in disturbed communities such as Kalama, Tacoma, and Coos Bay, Ore.

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